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    GamesMaster Host Robert Florence On Succeeding Dominik Diamond And Why Change Is “The Best Console”


    Hear, Rob’s not messing round right here. He is aware of his video games (Picture: Robert Florence)

    Over the vacations we’re republishing a few of our greatest options, interviews, opinion items and speaking factors from the earlier 12 months from employees and contributors alike — articles that we really feel signify our best of 2021. In them you will discover our traditional mixture of thoughtfulness, frivolity, retro experience, gaming nostalgia, and — after all — enthusiasm for all issues Nintendo. Take pleasure in!


    As we reported just a few days ago, Scottish comic, author, poet and self-professed “God of Video games” Robert Florence has been introduced as host of the upcoming reboot of Channel 4’s iconic GamesMaster. Alongside co-hosts Frankie Ward and Ty Logan, Robert will likely be bringing us a recent new tackle the challenge-based hijinks of the ’90s basic as he steps into the footwear of fellow Scot, Dominik Diamond.

    We have been fortunate sufficient to have an opportunity to sit down down with Robert in a comfortable little nook of a bar in Glasgow to talk him concerning the new present, the outdated present, what we are able to hope to count on when GamesMaster hits E4 later this 12 months, and some different bits and items moreover.


    Nintendo Life: Hello, Robert, thanks for sitting down to talk with us. Let’s begin with the outdated GamesMaster from again within the day; have been you a giant fan, did you catch a lot of it when it was on TV the primary time round?

    Robert Florence: I used to be undoubtedly an admirer of the present. I wouldn’t say that I used to be an excellent fan or something like that, as a result of I used to be a wee bit older I believe than the primary viewers was on the time, however I undoubtedly admired it rather a lot. I admired what Dominik Diamond did with the format and I’ve by no means made any secret of the truth that I believe the distinctive format is just a small a part of the GamesMaster story. I actually suppose that the present was constructed on what Dominik delivered to it by means of his persona and his worldview; his ability at dealing with folks and friends.

    Now you’re presenting this newly rebooted model. How did that come about?

    Principally, I acquired requested, I acquired invited to return all the way down to London and I’ve by no means auditioned for something in my life. So, that was undoubtedly a giant determination for me to resolve whether or not or to not go down and audition, however then I believe it was that factor, I imply, it is GamesMaster. I simply really feel like I might have all the time regretted it if I did not go and not less than attempt to get in there and be concerned. So I went down and met the folks and all people appeared very nice and I had plenty of enjoyable on the day, and by chance I acquired the job.

    Do you suppose that it is a coincidence that one other Scot is taking the reins, or do you suppose you guys simply genuinely have the very best banter and video games information? Haha!

    No, I do not suppose it is a whole coincidence. I undoubtedly suppose there’s an understanding throughout the manufacturing crew that the Scottish worldview possibly helps on a present like GamesMaster. I do suppose being Scottish possibly helps… though it undoubtedly gained’t assist the viewers who’re making an attempt to know the phrases that I’m saying after I’m on the present. I believe if folks stick on the subtitles, they’ll in all probability handle to get by means of it.

    Clearly, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be stuffed with my concepts as a result of if it was, it might be a catastrophe – it might be pulled off air in a single day, in all probability

    What sort of power are you hoping to convey to the present? Are we wanting on the identical type of vibe because the ’90s, or have you ever acquired different concepts?

    For me, it is an attention-grabbing state of affairs, as a result of every thing I’ve ever finished on TV, I’ve both written it or had a considerable amount of management with it, and with one thing like this, I am ‘simply’ the presenter; I’m simply turning up and being put into the state of affairs. So I am wanting ahead to only making an attempt to get away with stuff; I am wanting ahead to entering into that place and seeing what I am allowed to do and what I can get away with, having enjoyable with the folks which are there and simply making an attempt to make issues that wee bit chaotic. I simply wish to be there and have enjoyable with this factor.

    That is the factor because the presenter of the present; I believe the secret’s, simply be there and make it enjoyable. And, you understand, my co-presenters on the present, Frankie Ward and Ty Logan, each of them are simply actually humorous, nice folks. We have solely simply met for the primary time a couple of weeks in the past and we’re already getting on rather well, laughing with one another and messing about, so I believe we’re simply going to have a very good time.

    Additionally, it is a very high-pressure state of affairs, a giant studio present like this; there are plenty of transferring elements, there’s plenty of rights points, plenty of issues, plenty of needles that it’s essential thread to make one thing like this work. So, our job is simply to attempt to step into that house that they’ve constructed for us and attempt to have as a lot enjoyable as we probably can.

    We all know you have finished a bit little bit of filming already with some extra imminent. Are you able to inform us something concerning the course of up to now, what’s been concerned, how a lot of your individual concepts you are bringing to the desk?

    Clearly, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be stuffed with my concepts as a result of if it was, it might be a catastrophe – it might be pulled off air in a single day, in all probability. So it is a good factor that now we have sensible folks concerned who perceive the way to make correctly entertaining reveals for TV. I am completely satisfied to only flip up and attempt to inject a wee little bit of my persona into the deal and likewise attempt to do job of constructing all people really feel comfy, and stuff like that. I believe with a present like GamesMaster, the explanation why all of us play video games on the finish of the day is to have enjoyable and I believe it must be a enjoyable present. I believe we have definitely had enjoyable making it up to now, and I am certain once we get within the studio subsequent week we’ll have much more enjoyable.

    Are you able to give us any little nuggets of something that we will see over the three episodes that you just guys are filming simply now?

    GamesMaster continues to be a challenge-based factor; it’s all the time been concerning the challenges, so we have some attention-grabbing stuff taking place and yeah, I’m unsure what I’m allowed to say. Haha. We’re gonna see; we’ve undoubtedly acquired some actually attention-grabbing folks approaching, some very attention-grabbing friends, and they’ll be enjoying plenty of video games that individuals are very acquainted with.

    And you understand, as a result of it is GamesMaster and it’s again for the primary time in a very long time it may possibly’t be me demanding that Radiant Silvergun will get performed or have everybody enjoying some very obscure Japanese RPG like that; we have to return in softly and gently and attempt to win audiences again, so we’ll be enjoying plenty of well-known stuff. Mario will make an look undoubtedly, we’ll be easing folks in gently that manner.

    Florence's latest sitcom, The Scotts, is available on BBC iPlayer now
    Florence’s newest sitcom, The Scotts, is on the market on BBC iPlayer now (Picture: Robert Florence)

    The main target of GamesMaster, I believe, ought to all the time be on the challenges. I believe there’s already this notion on the market that this new present goes to be all about specializing in celebrities. That isn’t what this present goes to be, I’m unsure why that has come about; that is going to be about individuals who love video games and love enjoying video games. The movie star component just isn’t one thing that anyone ought to fear about, this isn’t going to be a factor the place celebs come on and promote themselves. There’s going to be people who find themselves into video games and love video games, simply regular punters off the road approaching, enjoying a sport of FIFA in entrance of me with me shouting some abuse at them and the GamesMaster’s large head hovering excessive of every thing.

    And your co-presenters, you’ve talked about them a bit already, however inform us a bit extra about them…

    The co-presenters that I’ve acquired right here, I am so fortunate to have any person like Frankie beside me on this as a result of she’s massively revered, she is aware of a lot about video games, she is aware of a lot about eSports particularly, which is an space of gaming I’ve actually no information of, and Frankie can speak at nice size and in intricate element about these things. She will be able to describe Counter-Strike maps from reminiscence and he or she’s only a good presenter, she’s going to be stealing the present undoubtedly.

    Ty is new to TV, he hasn’t finished that a lot stuff, however what a persona he’s – individuals are going to fall in love with him the minute they see him. He’s stuffed with power, he loves video games… he is not like me the place he is like, you understand, decades-old, nearly at loss of life’s door, an historical man who’s performed one million video games and is jaded and has seen all of it earlier than. Ty’s wide-eyed and harmless, and he loves video games – and individuals are gonna love him.

    I believe that folks might need been involved that it was going to be this individual from Love Island and that individual from this or that present, nevertheless it’s not going to be like that

    Can you inform us about any friends which are going to be on the present?

    By way of friends, as I stated, I believe that folks might need been involved that it was going to be this individual from Love Island and that individual from this or that present, nevertheless it’s not going to be like that. I do not even actually know till I step into the studio on Monday who the friends are going to be. I’ve acquired a wee little bit of an thought who we’d have requested, however I wish to preserve plenty of these things as a shock for myself; I wish to be entering into that studio to shoot the present and discover out simply beforehand who’s approaching, what’s their story, what are they gonna be enjoying.

    I would like that component of shock, even for myself, so I believe when folks tune in they’re not gonna see some polished, overwritten challenge that is had one million palms touching it; I believe what they’re gonna see is a pleasant live-feeling and chaotic present the place lots of people are simply doing issues for the primary time through the challenges… we can’t be faking the challenges, these folks will solely get one shot at making an attempt to do it and if they do not do it they will not win the joystick. There will be no retakes, no rematches, none of that, not on this model of GamesMaster.

    Do you suppose the unique GamesMaster influenced something you have finished in video games through the years? Is there some type of possibly even unconscious hyperlink between it and the stuff you’ve finished like Consolevania and videoGaiden?

    I believe GamesMaster is a really specific factor; every thing I’ve finished in video games through the years has in all probability been extra influenced by sketch present stuff, and I simply by no means imagined I might ever be concerned with something like this which is a giant studio present, an insane large studio format. And so no, I would not say it is influenced something we have finished. I imply, definitely, it is in all probability some type of affect within the sense that it was the very best video video games TV present of all time, and it was that manner due to Dominik Diamond – he was a comic, he was a humorous man speaking about video games and I believe that is in all probability had its personal affect. I sense the truth that folks affiliate a humorous man with a Scottish accent with the sort of video video games protection now. That is in all probability one thing that is seeped into the tradition to an extent.

    Let’s transfer on from GamesMaster a wee bit. How do you are feeling about gaming and video games media, usually, lately? Are we in place proper now?

    Look. I believe we’re in an excellent place, I believe there’s a lot stuff now, there are such a lot of folks on the market who’re coming from utterly completely different locations, and that’s nice. I really feel just like the gaming group is simply changing into a lot extra welcoming to folks. Again within the day, when GamesMaster was initially on TV, video video games have been nonetheless perceived as a factor that was predominantly for wee white guys, whereas now you’ll be able to see that gaming has change into a really broad church with all types of individuals welcomed and taking their place inside it. So, I am strolling into this with my eyes vast open and I additionally suppose and know I’m very lucky to be presenting this as a straight white male.

    You’ve acquired so many various opinions and worldviews and completely different lived experiences from folks these days. And even inside video video games themselves, you’ll be able to see so many various tales being instructed. There was a interval not too way back the place it felt like each sport was some first-person shooter with some white man, and now you see a broad spectrum of actually attention-grabbing stuff from a broad spectrum of individuals. I believe that is the identical with issues like Twitch and YouTube, you get so many individuals having the ability to put their very own spin on what it means to be an individual that performs video video games.

    So, GamesMaster as a present that is all the time been related to guys actually, with males, I believe that is one of many actual optimistic adjustments we get to make… I believe what we’ll make right here is one thing that tries to raised replicate the truth that gaming is a broad church lately with a large and numerous viewers. I believe if Frankie and Ty have any sense, they will even be making an attempt to be sure that this straight white male who’s presenting GamesMaster this time spherical would not survive previous these first three episodes.

    What video games are you enjoying on the minute, what stuff are you presently having fun with?

    On the minute on the Change I am enjoying The House in Fata Morgana, which is nice. I’m additionally enjoying Cruis‘n Blast, which I completely love. And I’m additionally enjoying Shadowverse!

    And the Change usually, how do you charge it alongside different fashionable consoles and by way of Nintendo’s earlier consoles?

    This Change is the best console presently available on the market, and I am not simply saying that as a result of it is a Nintendo web site – I actually suppose it’s

    This Change is the best console presently available on the market, and I am not simply saying that as a result of it is a Nintendo web site – I actually suppose it’s. It is the one which I take advantage of probably the most, it is the one with the very best catalogue of video games. It seems like there’s nice stuff popping out on change each week, it is simply such a wealth of content material and numerous experiences and I simply adore it. I like the very fact I can play on the go and I believe by way of different Nintendo consoles, I am a giant Nintendo fan, an enormous fan of the N64, and the Change is probably the most I’ve loved a Nintendo console for the reason that N64 I might say. I additionally love the GameCube… and the Wii. The Change is wonderful for indie stuff – it’s an indie machine.

    I wish to have bodily copies of video games – that is how outdated I’m – I have to have the bodily copies of stuff, so presently I’ve an enormous Nintendo Change assortment; I believe I’ve acquired one thing arising on round 300 bodily Change video games on the minute, so yeah, a large fan.

    Favorite Change sport?

    Oooft. A really troublesome query to reply that, what’s your favorite Change sport… as a result of there’s a lot good outdated stuff on the system as effectively… possibly that is an unimaginable query. Let me suppose. I wish to say one thing. Give me a sec. Give me a sec. It is unimaginable to reply that query as a result of there’s simply a lot that I like on the Change however I do wish to give a shout out to one thing that was possibly rather less well-known, a sport referred to as Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, which is only a utterly lovely sport that I believe has handed lots of people by. It was well-received when it got here out, however I believe it handed lots of people by. River City Girls too, it’s among the finest video games on Change. There’s simply a lot good things, it is an actual battle to consider something I might name my absolute favorite.

    Ultimate query. If you happen to can, in no specific order, give us your three favorite Nintendo video games of all time. Good and simple.

    Oh God. Let’s see… my favorite Nintendo video games of all time are… oh man. I must say, if we’re not counting Resident Evil 4 as a Nintendo sport, as a result of I think about it a Nintendo sport – it launched on the GameCube, it was a GameCube unique for a wee whereas. Nonetheless, if we’re simply speaking Nintendo revealed video games, Nintendo-developed video games then okay, this is my three in no specific order. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, F-Zero X and… Super Mario Galaxy. I imply, in my head, Mario Galaxy and Mario Galaxy 2 are mixed – they’re the identical sport – Mario Galaxy 2 might be the higher sport.


    A giant due to Robert Florence for taking the time to talk to us and we will not wait to take a look at the brand new GamesMaster when it hits E4’s YouTube channel a bit later this 12 months! If you cannot wait till then, you’ll be able to see Rob in Consolevania each month.

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